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The Movie

Synopsis

Stranded in spacefilm

"People seemed to laugh a lot more in those days."

Similar to KTMA's Deathflight SST and The Last Chase episodes, this feature is a dimly-lit made-for-TV movie filmed in the 70s. Our hero is an astronaut who gets lost and ends up on a mirror image Earth called "Terra" that is on the opposite side of the sun.

This planet is led by a single worldwide government that is vague and menacing. This government, called the "Perfect Order" keeps things orderly by means of strange radio broadcasts and "Ward E", a place where malcontents and other threats to the Perfect Order are lobotomized.

As Crow summarizes: It's the Fugitive meets Logan's Run.

Information

  • This "movie" is an unsuccessful TV pilot called The Stranger [1], re-titled and released by Film Ventures International.
  • In the FVI release, the opening credits appear over scenes from the movie Prisoners of the Lost Universe, which became a RiffTrax presentation in 2012. The original opening credits are shown with Stryker's ship in outer space as a background, while the original closing credits are displayed over a still of Stryker on the beach at the end of the movie.
  • Episode 312 Gamera vs. Guiron also featured the plot twist of a twin planet called Terra orbiting 180° opposite the Earth. The premise is flawed since the Earth's orbit is not a perfect circle. Any twin planet would appear in the sky at times during the year, and would have been observed after sunset by ancient astronomers.
  • Though not explicitly mentioned in the film, Episode 519 Outlaw is also set on a planet orbiting opposite the Earth, though in this case the planet is named Gor.
  • Score composer Richard Markowitz also did the music for The Magic Sword.
  • Actor Glenn Corbett is also known for having played the original Zefram Cochrane on Star Trek.
  • The book shop proprietor is played by George Colouris, who played Mr. Thatcher in Citizen Kane. He is one of the few actors from that highly-regarded film to appear in a movie used by Mystery Science Theater 3000 (though Citizen Kane actor William Alland later produced several films used by MST3K).

The Episode

Host Segments

Prologue: Joel turns the Bots into a shooting gallery.

Invention Exchange (Segment One): The SOL gang and the Mads go back and forth with variations of the old "BANG!" flag gun, like an Uzi, dynamite, nunchucks and bowie knife.

Segment Two: The Bots fight over their "Topper's TV Trading Cards".

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The Bots fight over their "Topper's TV Trading Cards"

Segment Three: Tom makes cookies, Crow has a nightmare, and they discuss Ward E.

Segment Four: Evil mastermind Joel and his hench-Bots plots to destroy all of television's famous detectives.

Segment Five: Joel and Crow try to sell Stranded in Space to movie mogul Tom, and the Mads ponder the similarities between mad science and show business.

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Crow has nightmares while Servo makes cookies

Stinger: Stryker gets slapped.

MST3K cast

Trivia

  • Joel explains the premise of the series, this time adding some details we’ve never heard before, nor will ever hear again. He says, "As you can tell by the opening the Mads made…" and also says the Mads "sell the results to cable TV." 
  • Bob King came in to do audio for this episode and only this episode. 

Callbacks

Goofs

  • When demonstrating the Bang Uzi and the Bang Nunchuks, Joel and Frank visibly struggle to get the sound effect banners to deploy.
  • In the ending segment, Tom says "letter latey."

Obscure References

  • "Shrinky Dinks!"
Shrinky Dinks were a Milton Bradley toy popular in the 70s and 80s.
  • "Uh-oh, three on a transporter..."
A popular superstition about "three on a match" holds that the third person to light his cigarette from the same lit match as two other people is destined for bad luck, or even death.
  • "They're all poppies!"
Tom is mimicking the voice of the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz, who used a field of poppies in an attempt to keep Dorothy and her companions from reaching the Emerald City.
  • "God, you're ugly..."
A slight re-working of a line from the TV sitcom Fawlty Towers. Basil Fawlty said this to a nurse after he suffered a head injury in the episode "The Germans".
  • "He's got a Botany 500 ad to do."
Botany 500 is a line of upscale menswear. They have sponsored several TV game shows, for which they also provided the hosts' wardrobe.
  • "Switcher!"
In the film Mannequin (starring Kim Cattrall), the main character is a young man named Johnathan Switcher who works at a department store. His antics gain him the ire of the head of security, who would yell his last name in outrage.
  • "Oh no, they killed Snuggles!"
Snuggles is a cute plush toy bear that is the mascot for Snuggle brand fabric softener.
  • "My name is Luka, I live on the second floor"
A reference to the song Luka by Suzanne Vega about a victim of child abuse, although it is frequently interpreted as referring to spousal abuse.
  • "Toward Stephen Cannell's house"
Stephen Cannell was the producer of a number of 70s and 80s TV dramas, most notably The Rockford Files, Quincy ME, The A-Team, Baretta, Hardcastle and McCormick, etc. The joke is in keeping with the episode's repeated references to 70s TV shows of the Quinn Martin variety.
MST3K 305 Promo

MST3K 305 Promo

Video releases

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